Mr. Tian Yu founded Autoflight in 2016 and is headquartered in Shanghai, China. Autoflight is an aviation technology company specialized in the research and development of autonomous flight and electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) technology and aircraft manufacturing. Autoflight has set up research and development facilities in Munich, Germany and in Shenzhen, China, and have several manufacturing facilities across China. Mr. Tian Yu is also the founder of Yuneec, the predecessor of Autoflight, which was a world leader in consumer drones and the manufacturer of the e-Spyder single-seat electric ultralight and E430 two-seat electric ultralight which first flew in June 2009.
Safety and reliability is a top priority for Autoflight and is applying interdisciplinary technologies to their aviation products including new materials, artificial intelligence, autonomous technology, sense and avoid in the air technology, multi-redundant flight control system, microelectronics, 4G and 5G telecommunication for multi-channel communication, ground radar assisted remote takeoff and landing function and many other technologies.
The AutoFlightX V880 is an uncrewed cargo-only electric eVTOL aircraft which has eight propellers for vertical flight and one pusher propeller for forward flight with canard wings. The aircraft has two fixed rear wheels and one fixed forward landing skid. Not much is known about this eVTOL cargo aircraft but a full scale prototype was revealed to the public in the fall of 2019.
The aircraft has a cargo pod underneath the main fuselage which is detachable and has a maximum takeoff weight of 1,000 kg (2,205 lbs). The advantage of having a detachable pod for cargo is it makes loading and unloading faster. In addition, the aircraft's ability to fly with or without a pod increases its efficiency.
- Aircraft type: eVTOL cargo drone
- Capacity: Cargo only (no pilot)
- Cargo pod: Attached to the bottom of the aircraft
- Piloting: Remote
- Maximum takeoff weight: 1,000 kg (2,205 lbs)
- Propellers for VTOL: 8
- Propeller for forward flight: 1
- Electric motors: 9
- Landing gear: Fixed, 2 rear fixed wheels, 1 forward landing skid
- Safety features: Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP), means having multiple propellers and motors on the aircraft which provides safety through redundancy for its passengers or cargo. If one, two or more motors or propellers fail, the other working motors and propellers can safely land the aircraft.
- Autoflight website
- Autoflight Twitter
- Autoflight LinkedIn
- Article: AutoFlightX Breaks Cover, evtol.news, April 18, 2019
- Article: E Flight Forum In Jhijiazhuan, E-flight Journal, Oct 18, 2019
- Article: AutoFlightX Prepares for Takeoff, Vertiflite, November/December 2019
- Article: AutoFlightX Nabs Investment From TDK Ventures, Clean Technica, Feb. 5, 2020